Three Minutes by Anders Roslund

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Three Minutes is a graphic portrayal of a dirty, ugly slice of life that succeeds in shocking one out of complacency. If that is authors’ goal, then they have succeeded. Recommended for anyone seeking to know more about the drug cartels that threaten society.
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Presumed dead by the Stockholm police, master criminal and undercover informant Piet Hoffmann is now on the run from the Swedish authorities, living with his wife and two young sons under an assumed name in Cali, Colombia. Only Hoffmann's former police handler, Erik Wilson, knows where he is--and that he has accepted two dangerous new jobs: one as a high-level enforcer for a Colombian cocaine cartel and one as an infiltrator for the DEA, working to bring the cartel down. The FBI even lends credence to his cover story by adding Hoffmann's alias to the Most Wanted list.

But when the Speaker of the House is kidnapped by the cartel during an official visit to Colombia, everything changes--fast. Hoffmann is party to the highest-profile political kidnapping in years and therefore directly in the firing line in what is quickly dubbed the "Final War on Drugs." Suddenly, the Most Wanted list becomes a kill list and the DEA cuts off all contact on orders from the top, leaving Hoffmann and his family stranded.

Hoffmann must walk a delicate line as he tries to protect his young family and keep up his dual role as a cartel enforcer and a deniable intelligence asset for the US government. It soon becomes clear that his only chance at getting out alive is to rescue the Speaker of the House and bring him back to the States--but to do it he'll need the help of Ewert Grens, the stubborn, dogged Stockholm detective who hasn't forgotten Hoffmann since the explosive showdown in Aspsas prison years ago.
 

About Anders Roslund

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Award-winning journalist Anders Roslund and ex-criminal Börge Hellström are Sweden’s most acclaimed crime fiction duo. Their unique ability to combine inside knowledge of the brutal reality of criminal life with penetrating social criticism in complex, intelligent plots has put them at the forefront of modern Scandinavian crime writing. In 2009, their book Three Seconds, which was awarded the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award for Swedish Crime Novel of the Year, previously won by both Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell, became a top-10 bestseller in Sweden for eight months, and hit The New York Times bestseller list in the United States.
 
Published July 25, 2017 by Quercus. 447 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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Reviewed by D. R. Meredith on Jul 24 2017

Three Minutes is a graphic portrayal of a dirty, ugly slice of life that succeeds in shocking one out of complacency. If that is authors’ goal, then they have succeeded. Recommended for anyone seeking to know more about the drug cartels that threaten society.

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